The Caboolture Historic village is an open air village made up of approx 70+ buildings and 50,000 articles of all kinds of Australian history. This village is set out like a miniature town, with most of the buildings being donated and transported to be onsite here. There is information on the buildings anitique collections.
We started to feel “rather old” on our walk around the village.
On display was the car that I learnt to drive in, and many, many items we could remember growing up with. We were transported back to our childhood days, where work was done manually. Golly, we have advanced a long way! I bet nobody would like to go back to the “good old days” after using the modern appliances of today.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time in this village, it took us about 3 hours to have a look around, it may take you longer if all the buildings are open, like the potter, blacksmith, and a few others.
And, if you have children, then a ride on “Thomas the Tank Engine” would be a lot of fun!
ANNUAL EVENTS.....A good time to visit
January 26th....Australia Day. More collections on display & Parades.
July..........The Heritage Fair.....collections that showcase Australia's early industry, communications, transport & lifestyle.
Do take the 40min drive from Brisbane, or catch the train to Caboolture and then a taxi for a very short distance to the Village. It was very interesting and well worth seeing.
ADMISSION IN 2012……………..
ADULTS - $15.00....Children (5 to 12 years): $5.00
OPEN 9:30AM - 3:30PM DAILY (closed ANZAC Day, Good Friday, 24, 25, & 26 December)
In the following tips, I will tell and show you photo’s of what you can expect to see here, then you can make up your own mind if it interests you or not!
Located across the road from the Butcher was Zanow's shed. Johan & Maria were early settlers in the Caboolture area who earnt their living by establishing a sawmill. It was used a a Sawmill, but later, when it was moved to Mill road, became a shop for maintenance of mill machinery.
A little further along the street, I headed into the Post Office which dated back to the last century. Cobb & Co. coaches [horse & carriage] would stop here and deliver the mail. The old telephone switchboard, and the wax bucket, where the wax was kept to seal the letters! What a change to Post Offices of today!
Continuing our walk, we headed around the corner, past the Hotel to a Garage that men would love. To me “a typical garage!’ but to my husband and I guess other men, full of interesting memorabilia of what was used in a Garage in the past. Old signs, oil cans, Petrol bowsers, car parts and heaps more, plenty for nostalgia!
And guess what! It was that full of "stuff" everywhere, there wasn't room to move!
Remind you of anybody that you know who has a garage?
The Garage is an authentic replica of one that was operating in the 1920's & 1930's.
The Caboolture Markets are HUGE, having over 500 stalls, selling new & second hand items, fresh fruit & vegetables, new art & crafts, books, plants, including herbs, and the most tasty Popcorn I have ever tasted. You can buy Dagwood dogs, and other hot foods, and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.
It is situated in the Caboolture Showgrounds, and is only an hour’s drive north of Brisbane.
They open at 6am and close at noon....EVERY SUNDAY.
It really is a good morning's outing, one that I enjoy and I always come home with a bargain.
Entry is FREE
There are more buildings than I have mentioned. Thomas the Tank Engine was in his shed, and comes out to take you on a Train ride around part of the complex. Inside the station, is a model train display. Children would love this!
For the ladies, in a hall is a jewellery display and jeweller’s working making pieces for sale that you can buy.
Another area that was nice, was the bush chapel, a pretty garden setting where you can be married, or right next door is the Church. There are ponds, a meandering creek, some bridges and nice tropical gardens.
Nearly the whole centre is run by volunteers who are friendly and helpful and do a wonderful job, I can recommend this village.
Around this area near the School house, were wood crafters, pumps, Tractor display, Carpenter’s shop and a Transport Museum, quite a bit of interest for your man!
The CWA cottage [country women’s association] that is found and still is in country towns of Australia was next. the CWA tries to improve the conditions for women and children and make life better for families, especially those living in rural and remote Australia. Members take part in all crafts, drama, art, music, public speaking, cooking and floral art, and workshops are held to encourage older members to use computers, ATM's and electronic banking. The CWA of Australia is a member of the Associated Country Women of the World, which has over 9 million members in 62 countries around the world.
Next door, is a lovely old Queensland home which we went for a wander through. It was furnished as a "rich person's' home, what a difference to the Settler's cottage's and their paper walls!
We stopped at the school house, and read the rules of what and what not Female Teachers could do, mmmm! Couldn’t do too much back in those days!
Women teachers were not allowed to marry during the school term, and they were not allowed to keep the company of men!
They were not allowed to smoke cigarettes, nor linger down at the Ice cream shop in the town!
They were not allowed to leave there home between the hours of 8pm to 6am, unless they were attending a school function.
Dresses in bright colours were NOT ALLOWED, and nor was dying one's hair!
They must wear at least two petticoats, and their dress MUST NOT BE SHORTER THAN 2" ABOVE THE ANKLE!
The “cane” and information on how many strokes you could expect to receive for being naughty was a reminder of the “good old school days!”
You could either receive 2/4 or 6 strokes of the Cane, with six being the most and known as "six of the best!" The "Bullies" were often caned before the School morning parade, with many children coming to watch! Would this work on the Bullies of today?
Like country life and cows, want to see how milk was produced years ago, then take a look in the Dairy Museum. Pull “Betsy’s “ tail, and she will produce a LOUD MOO! I don’t think she liked that too much at all! Push the button, and the display will start.
Here we are on VT, easily putting photo’s with our tips.
A stop in the Camera display certainly turned back time, and made me glad that I was now the owner of a digital camera. I wonder how many of you owned a “Brownie” camera as your 1st camera?
Next to this was the Maritime museum.
In here was a collection of model sailing ships that were built for the Australian centenary in 1988.
Captain Arthur Phillip and the First Fleet, comprising 11 ships and around 1,350 people, arrived at Botany Bay between 18 and 20 January 1788. The Fleet contained the convicts and marines that are now known as the Founders of Australia.
The Endeavour was the ship commanded by James Cook in 1770 when he made his journey from England to Australia and chartered the East coast of Australia. A model of the Endeavour is on display also. It was not part of the 1st Fleet.
All the Models are very well done, definately worth having a look at!
Across the road from the Cottages were where the farm implements were, Carriages, and the old style sheds in the photo.
A Horse Wim was on display. These were used by farmers to grind grain, drive chaff cutters and many other implements. [photo's 5 & 6] This was before the time of stationery Tractor's and Engines.
Hens were in the "chook house" and the "Outback Dunny" was in the backyard!
Farther along this street was the 11th Light horse military museum, and in another building, some lovely old restored vehicles. A lot of these vehicles cabs, were made out of wood, along with their trays.
Next door, was the slightly larger Machonicie cottage.
This cottage is very interesting, as the Walls are still lined with Newspapers of the day. This is what they used to do, cover the rough wood with paper. Paper was available, and paper was a good insulator. Paper was also used as decoration, being cut into different shapes, and for doilies.
There were quite a few quaint cottages in this area of the village, all the rooms in them being displayed with furnishings and items from their era..
Following this street after having a look at the Axemen's hall of fame, we rounded the corner to a cute little Blue house which was known as "Buchanan cottage." This cottage was in two pieces, with the bedrooms, dining area in the 1st section, and the kitchen in the rear.
It is called a "Double House."
I thought this was a real "little cutie!"
Following the road, we came across the Lutheran Hall which was full of Old Wirless’s, Gramaphones, really anything to do with playing music. A good display here, and if you happen to have an old wireless that needs repairing, members can be contacted to do the job.
Next door, the building was full of Typewriter’s and other types of articles that were used in Offices. The Typewriter’s over the years had changed dramatically, from small to quite huge, looked like it would take two people to carry the typewriter to another table, they looked incredibly heavy back in "those" days! Now they are pretty well obsolete with the coming of computer age.
The bottle display building was closed, and the Potter was not there, so we peered through the window to have a look at his creations. I think these are open on weekends, holidays, and when a school excursion is coming through
Next door was the Axeman’s Hall of Fame. Here were some old photo’s, axes, and displays on the art of the Axeman. I have watched them many times at our “shows!” I really don't know how they can chop the wood so quickly, and not chop off their foot, always amazes me!
Across the road from the Garage in a small building was the “Morgue” and the “Lock-Up”. Inside the "Lock-Up" the hard bed had a sign saying not to sit on it as it was “flea Infested!’ so we definitely gave that a miss. The door looked stronger than the building!
There were some interesting signs on the walls about people who had committed crimes, and what there punishments were.
The next building was the Police station which had a mannequin dressed as a Policeman, and artifacts on display of the same era.
Probably my favorite in the whole complex was the “General Store.”
This brought back many memories. On display were many old boxes and tins of groceries that my Mother used to buy, and that are no longer available these days, why? I don’t know, have our tastes changed or are they too expensive to make any more, what a shame!
I am so glad that people have donated this items to places like this, and that our history has not been lost.
I really like thhe cash register, it was a beauty, “how to beat a thief!’....Somehow, I don't think it would work very well these days!
[ see photo 3&4 ]